Drakkar Klose

USA

Tabbed for UFC 277
LightweightUFC
May 12, 2022
Klose is slated to take on Diego Ferreira at UFC 277 on the July 30, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
ANALYSIS
Klose bounced back from his first career UFC KO (punch) loss to Beneil Dariush in March of 2020 by picking up his first career TKO (strikes) versus Brandon Jenkins last time out. Klose and Ferreira both stand 5-foot-9 but Klose will yield a good four inches of reach to his opposition.
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Dominant victory in Vegas
LightweightUFC
April 16, 2022
Klose defeated Brandon Jenkins via TKO (strikes) at 0:33 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The gap in talent and ability was obvious in this one from the very start. Klose -- who entered as a -590 favorite, second largest on the entire card -- did what you are supposed to do as a massive favorite. Simply put, he dominated his opponent from bell to bell. Klose picked up a knockdown in each round, scored two successful takedowns in Round 1, and finished with a 77-28 edge in total strikes landed. He could have gone on to beat Jenkins up for nearly ten more minutes, but referee Herb Dean had wisely seen enough following a combination early in Round 2. In his post-fight interview, Klose called for a fight with Mark O. Madsen, who took a unanimous decision from Vinc Pichel just a week ago. Klose is 4-1 in his past five fights and his lone defeat in that span came against Beneil Dariush, so it's not a crazy ask. In the meantime, he'll take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
Opponent switched for April event
LightweightUFC
January 16, 2022
Klose is now scheduled to take on Brandon Jenkins in a lightweight fight at the UFC event scheduled for April 16, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Klose was originally scheduled to face Nikolas Motta at the event, but instead, Motta will now take on Jim Miller on Feb. 19. This gives him a chance to take on "The Human Highlight Reel" instead, though Jenkins' UFC debut was far from a highlight, as he was dominated from start to finish by Zhu Rong. When the Octagon doors close against Klose, it will be Jenkins with the height and reach advantages, in addition to being the younger fighter. Ring rust might also be a factor for close. He had been riding a three-fight winning streak before falling to Beneil Dariush in March of 2020, which was the last time he stepped foot in the cage. Klose had been booked for a date with Jeremy Stephens this past April, but he was pushed by Stephens during a staredown, which led to a concussion and neck sprain, as well as another long stretch on the sidelines.
Slated to return in April
LightweightUFC
January 5, 2022
Klose (concussion/neck) is being targeted to face Nikolas Motta in a lightweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on April 16, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Klose was slated to fight in April of 2021 but was forced to withdraw due to a concussion and cervical neck sprain. He hasn't fought since March of 2020, when he lost to Beneil Dariush via KO (punch) at UFC 248. Motta will be making his UFC debut after he earned a contract at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in November of 2020. Motta has a slight advantage in height, but the two fighters are even in reach.
Out with concussion, neck sprain
LightweightUFC
April 17, 2021
Klose was diagnosed with a concussion and cervical neck sprain to cause the cancelation of Saturday's bout versus Jeremy Stephens, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Klose apparently suffered the injuries when he was pushed by Stephens at Friday's weigh-ins, leading to the cancelation of Friday's fight. UFC reportedly intends to rebook the matchup as soon as possible, but it's unclear how long Klose will be sidelined by the injuries.
Fight called off due to injury
LightweightUFC
April 17, 2021
Klose's fight against Jeremy Stephens was called off Saturday due to an undisclosed injury for Klose, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Stephens and Klose were supposed to serve as the co-main event. The nature and severity of Klose's injury are not yet clear. The UFC intends to rebook the pair as soon as possible, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.